Articles in the Feature Articles Category

Techniques for Disposing of “Bullet Hole Land”
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Posted in Fall 2015, Feature Articles on October 2015
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As I travel around I can’t help notice the abundance of unsaleable land parcels scattered around the landscape of America. As we all have experienced, not all land parcels are located on Main Street USA. There are many land parcels inclusive of…

The Entitlement Process
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Posted in Fall 2015, Feature Articles on October 2015
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What do I have to have to go vertical? What if I am acquiring a property that the seller says is “ready to go?” Some developers only perform horizontal development—nothing higher than a fire plug. Examples of this are land developers for residential subdivisions and large commercial tracts.

Don’t Bury Your Money – Invest It!
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Posted in Feature Articles, Summer 2015 on August 2015
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In my opinion, depositing all of your money into a bank is tantamount to burying it. In fact, it may sometimes make more sense to bury it in your backyard — especially when you factor in the risks, inflation, and opportunity loss of the depreciating cash locked up in CDs or other long-term and low-interest investments. Let’s just take a minute so that I can explain what I have just said.

Invest in Your Multi-family Property to Increase Returns
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Posted in Feature Articles, Spring 2015 on April 2015
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Sometimes we can simply improve management or make changes that don’t cost much money. But the greatest gains in NOI usually take place because the owner actually invests cash in improving a property. Here are a few ideas that may be useful in your community.

2015 – What Happens Next?
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Posted in Feature Articles, Winter 2015 on February 2015
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The current factual numbers in long-term (30 years to 80 years) macroeconomic trends and cycles show the historic patterns of what is known as the “winter segment” of the overall cycle. This segment of the long-term cycle is where excesses from earlier cycle segments are corrected. I think we are already into the beginning of the “winter segment”.

The Evolution of the Counselor – Super Salesperson, Talented Craftsperson, or Inspired Alchemist?
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Posted in Fall 2014, Feature Articles on October 2014
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Most counselors would agree that counseling could be described as a process—a series of information exchanges designed to allow the counselor to gain an understanding of the client’s objectives, resources, and mind-set so that the counselor may design solutions that combine the client’s resources with the counselor’s abilities and resources for the purpose of developing the desired transaction benefits for the client.

Professional Services as a Down Payment
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Posted in Fall 2014, Feature Articles on October 2014
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Strategy: An often overlooked approach to making transactions is the use of professional services as a source of down payment for a property.

Sweet Spot for S.E.C.’s Consulting Expertise
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Posted in Feature Articles, Summer 2014 on July 2014
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The charitable world is turning its attention to the use of real estate donations to meet its fundraising goals. At every level, S.E.C. consulting services become an important element in these gifting arrangements.

Pick the Right Professionals – The Architect
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Posted in Feature Articles, Spring 2014 on April 2014
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This article will speak of our experience with our design architect, the professional who comes up with what the building will look like. Just as we do not pick the low bidder for our engineer, we seldom employ the most famous architect. It is our experience that famous usually translates to two things: needlessly expensive and, more importantly, someone who will ignore our ideas and design a monument to his own legend.

Development – Pick the Right Professionals – The Civil Engineer
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Posted in Feature Articles, Winter 2013 on December 2013
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This article will speak of our experience with our design architect, the professional who comes up with what the building will look like. Just as we do not pick the low bidder for our engineer, we seldom employ the most famous architect. It is our experience that famous usually translates into two things: needlessly expensive and, more importantly, someone who will ignore our ideas and design a monument to his own legend.